Denver Broncos biggest comebacks in franchise history

Things looked bleak as the clock ticked down in the third quarter on Sunday, the Broncos trailing the Chargers 24-3 at Empower Field at Mile High. But, sparked by a 55-yard touchdown run by Phillip Lindsay, the Broncos came storming back.

Scoring touchdowns on four of their last five possessions, quarterback Drew Lock capped Denver’s improbable comeback with a 1-yard TD pass to rookie K.J. Hamler as time expired and Brandon MacManus booted the extra point through for a 31-30 win.

The Broncos’ rally from down 21 points to beat Los Angeles was certainly improbable, but it’s not even Denver’s largest comeback against the Chargers. Here’s a look at each of the biggest comebacks in franchise history:

Deficit Date Opponent Score at time of deficit Final
24 Oct. 15, 2012 at Chargers 24-0, 0:24 left in 3rd quarter 35-24
24 Sept. 23, 1979 vs. Seahawks 34-10, 9:28 left in 3rd quarter 37-34
24 Oct. 23, 1960 vs. Patriots 24-0, 11:59 left in 3rd quarter 31-24
21 Nov. 1, 2020 vs. Chargers 24-3, 7:33 left in 3rd quarter 31-30
21 Dec. 12, 1982 vs. Rams 21-0, 10:24 left in 2nd quarter 27-24

*Source: Broncos media guide